3 tons of cocaine seized in major Spain drug bust

first_img‘Costa del Crime’Spain’s proximity to North Africa, a key source of hashish, and its close ties with former colonies in Latin America, the world’s main cocaine-producing region, have made it a gateway into Europe for drug consignments.Police seized over 22 tons of cocaine in Spain in 2015, a 43 percent increase over the previous year, Cosido said.In November, police announced they had arrested Michael “Dodge” Roden, a suspected drug boss listed among Britain’s 10 most wanted fugitives.That same month, police also detained fellow Briton Robert Dawes, one of Europe’s most wanted drug lords.He was arrested at his luxury villa on the Costa del Sol after an eight-year probe into his alleged links to the Italian mafia and South American cartels.He has since been extradited to France, where he is wanted in connection with the discovery of 1.3 tons of cocaine in a Paris airport in 2013.The Costa del Sol — once dubbed the “Costa del Crime” — has been known as a hideaway for British criminals in the past, especially in the late 1970s and 80s when there were no extradition agreements with Britain.But the situation changed in 2004 with the introduction of European arrest warrants, making it easier to bring British criminals home to face justice. Facebook Comments MADRID, Spain – In a major drugs bust, Spanish police said Tuesday they had seized three tons of Colombian cocaine and arrested 12 suspected drug smugglers from Spain, Britain and the Netherlands.The narcotics were seized in the northwestern region of Galicia but were bound for the south, where they were awaited by a gang of British smugglers in the Costa del Sol, police said in a statement.Police detained seven Britons, three Dutch nationals and two Spaniards in the swoop, which was carried out on Dec. 14 in cooperation with British and U.S. drug enforcement agencies.The British nationals are suspected of being the buyers of the drugs, the Dutch are believed to be the sellers while the Spaniards were detained for transporting the cocaine.“It was a very powerful organization. Few organizations in Europe have the capacity today to transport three tons of cocaine,” Eloy Quiros, head of Udyco, Spain’s national Drug and Organized Crime unit, told a news conference.The cocaine arrived from South America by boat.Police seized 700 kilos (1,500 pounds) of the drugs hidden in a false bottom of a van that collided with a police vehicle in the middle of the chase to catch the traffickers.The rest of the drugs were found disguised in the form of wooden pallets in an industrial warehouse in Pontevedra, in Galicia.The authorities suspect the cocaine was to have been shipped to the beach resort of Marbella. There, it would be stored until border checks at Spain’s border with France — boosted after the Paris terrorist attacks in November — were eased, they believe.It was the biggest cocaine haul on land in Galicia since 1999, the police statement said. As is usual practice in Spain, the estimated street value of the drugs was not given.Police also seized 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) in cash and a handgun. 30 kg de marihuana, armas y 85.000 euros intervenidos durante la captura de Michael Rodenhttps://t.co/9gyuiVHmHv pic.twitter.com/2krbiEymU1— ideal_granada (@ideal_granada) November 16, 2015center_img Related posts:US seizes $12 million of drugs in Caribbean US arrests relatives of Venezuela first lady over drug-trafficking allegations It’s time to end the war on drugs Waging peace in Colombialast_img read more

From Faking Normal to Living a New One

first_imgTweetShare5ShareEmail5 SharesHer public voice began with a 2016 essay, when Harvard MBA and former World Bank employee and retail business CEO Elizabeth White decided to come out of the shadows to describe her post–Great Recession situation of living on the edge of economic survival: the loss of job prospects, the depletion of retirement savings in order to pay bills and make ends meet. In her own words, she was “faking normal,” trying to maintain the appearance of affluence in her 50s, despite her more desperate reality. While dining out with friends, for example, she hoped no one would notice her ordering mineral water instead of a $12 glass of Chardonnay. She detailed other benign deceptions she and friends in similar situations committed out of a need to save face. The essay struck a nerve. Thousands of people responded to her, sharing similar tales from their lives. A year later, White’s TED talk boosted awareness of her message exponentially (yielding more than 1.5 million views to date). And now she’s expanded her ideas into 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal, a well-crafted book for midlife and older adults that serves as both a passionate manifesto and realistic roadmap for understanding and surviving the financial downturns that have affected millions of Baby Boomers and will affect millions of members of younger generations to come.White’s premise is direct and simple:55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal “aims to unstick us and start us across the bridge to making the life changes we’ll need for a decent third act in the new normal of financial insecurity.…[T]o have a shot at something other than being old and poor in America, we can’t just do what we’ve always done and be what we’ve always been. The world as we knew it has changed forever. And if we want better futures, we’re going to have to change too.” While White takes a sober approach and pulls no punches about the time and hard work involved in overcoming anxiety and climbing out of economic distress, she is refreshingly upbeat about the goal, posing this challenge: “What if we could take the economic turmoil of forced downsizing and come out better –– not because we accommodated the chaos but because we used the chaos to go where we needed to go in the first place?”Her practical strategies are based on common-sense: 1) Don’t go it alone; 2) Do what you can to survive while keeping your dreams intact; and 3) “Get off your throne” by lowering your expectations about the income, job title, or perks you deserve. She maps out each strategy in effective ways.In order to address the isolation one can experience when financially struggling, White creates a social model she calls a Resilience Circle, a support group of fellow travelers who can use her book as a starting point for sharing ideas and sustaining the emotional energy needed to keep going. Each chapter ends with a helpful list of suggested Resilience Circle discussion topics and activities. And when it comes to surviving while holding on to one’s dreams, White offers the tactic of “smalling up,” which, she explains, is akin to downsizing but with the advantage of embracing a positive, universal goal:“…[I]f we’re going to have to downsize, why can’t we ‘small up’ and do more with less as a path to a more sustainable way of living?…The economics of aging may well force us in this direction. But isn’t this where we should be heading anyway to secure our futures and those of our children and grandchildren?” As for getting off one’s throne, White claims that there’s nothing wrong with taking on one or more small or temporary “bridge work” jobs that pay the bills or “living low to the ground” by reducing everyday expenses, shopping for bargains, and reusing and recycling whenever possible.According to White, adjusting to the new economic reality of aging involves redefining how and where we live, what kind of work we do, and even who we are. It’s an opportunity to reexamine our values and clarify what it takes to maintain a satisfying life according to those values. The greatest message in 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal is that by doing the hard work of recovery with the support of others, we can appreciate just how adaptable and resilient we are.And that’s an exciting New Normal all of us can embrace.      Related PostsTweetShare5ShareEmail5 SharesTags: Ageism book review retirement womenlast_img read more